The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon on the Chincoteague Middle on June tenth to acknowledge and honor excellent individuals in the neighborhood for his or her service, dedication, and impactful contributions to the island. The occasion was sponsored by Jap Shore Rural Well being Programs. A scrumptious lunch was catered by Higher. Meals Truck. Treats had been offered by Lunar Cow Publishing and Hippie Dippy Candy Treats. Outgoing board members had been thanked, new board members acknowledged, and highschool seniors awarded for particular achievements. The spotlight of the occasion is all the time the popularity of the Citizen and Enterprise Particular person of the 12 months as chosen by a committee appointed by the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Board of Administrators.
The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2021 Leonard “Buddy” Burton Enterprise Particular person of the 12 months Award was introduced to Bryan Rush, Director of Emergency Companies and Emergency Administration Coordinator for the City of Chincoteague. Bryan has served the city for over 30 years in numerous capacities, exhibiting the “highest degree of ethical and moral requirements”, in response to his nomination poll. His management and dedication to the group exhibits in every thing he does. Bryan sees to the wants of others always of day or night time and even throughout instances of non-public disaster in his personal life. Bryan prepares, informs, and guides us by means of hurricanes, nor’easters, floods, and now…pandemics in probably the most skilled method by establishing insurance policies and procedures for approval of Mayor and City Council to maintain our residents and guests secure throughout these catastrophic occasions. He goes above and past job expectations to make sure the security of these in his care.
The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2021 John White Shields Residents of the 12 months Award was introduced to Invoice & Fran Lytle, founders of the non-profit group Manna Café, serving scorching meals and fellowship to everybody in the neighborhood. Invoice and Fran have served tens of 1000’s of free scorching lunches each Monday since January 2, 2017. When COVID-19 suspended gatherings in 2020, the group rapidly transitioned to dwelling deliveries for these in want. A connection to the skin world has been important to home-bound islanders. In addition they instituted a cellular meals pantry and started aiding the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia-Jap Shore to supply meals to over 100 households in higher Accomack County and distribute roughly 125 USDA meals containers to eligible seniors on Chincoteague Island every month. In 2020, Manna Café distributed meals to eight,300 people with management from the Lytles. These efforts considerably “contribute to the welfare of our island group” acknowledged the nomination.
Ernest Dale Holston was acknowledged for 15 years of service to the Chamber board and Benjy Holloway was acknowledged for six years of service, 3 years as President. “These people have offered invaluable steerage and management over time and will definitely be missed” mentioned Chamber Govt Director, Evelyn Shotwell. New board members Kate Moot and Rebecca Hudson had been launched as they every start a 3 yr time period on the board.
Emma Religion was additionally acknowledged for successful the Entrepreneurial Essay Contest. The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Strategic Motion Plan adopted in 2018 outlined a short-term objective below Enterprise Improvement to discover help younger adults in opening and working new companies right here on the island and discover out why people select to turn into entrepreneurs over the extra conventional route of turning into staff. We posed the query: “What ‘Instruments for Success’ can be needed so that you can function a affluent enterprise on Chincoteague Island?” to Chincoteague Excessive College seniors and FBLA members. Emma’s insightful essay could be discovered on the Entrepreneurs web page of the Chamber’s web site.
The 2021 Nicki L. West Memorial Scholarship was introduced to Evan Mason by Nicki West’s granddaughter, Jessi West. Evan will enter the US Coast Guard Academy the place he’ll pursue a level in electrical engineering. Evan believes within the coaching and alternatives the Academy will provide to turn into a pacesetter whereas serving his nation. He’s an Eagle Scout and has earned quite a few awards in athletics and teachers all through his highschool years turning into Valedictorian of the Class of 2021. The chamber is happy to help Evan in realizing his goals on his chosen profession path.
Nicki L. West was a long-time island resident and President of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce for a few years. Even after her presidency, she continued to be concerned with the Chamber and in the neighborhood that she lived. Underneath her management, the Chamber turned extra energetic, increasing its involvement in native occasions such because the Higher Snow Goose Competition (now often called the Easter Decoy & Artwork Competition) and she or he was instrumental in recruiting and educating native companies about the advantages of becoming a member of forces with the Chamber of Commerce. Nicki tirelessly promoted Chincoteague and its native companies and was an awesome believer within the potential for progress that the Chamber might assist the island group get hold of. Her funding in Chincoteague historical past, business, and tradition was additionally evidenced by her volunteer work particularly as a founding father of The Oyster Museum (now the Museum of Chincoteague Island).
The Nicki L. West Scholarship was established shortly after her passing in 1991. Nicki is survived by her 3 sons, 5 grandchildren, and seven nice grandchildren. To at the present time, the household continues to be very concerned within the choice course of for the Chamber’s scholarship winners.
The Nicki L. West Memorial Scholarship is given on the idea of character, scholarship, citizenship, management, skill, and wish. Basic perspective, potential, and diploma of involvement in group service will even be thought of. Many of those values had been vital to Nicki and plenty of she effortlessly embodied herself. The scholarship is awarded to a Chincoteague Excessive College graduating senior attending commerce college or pursuing an affiliate or bachelor’s diploma and might be paid in $500 annual funds for as much as 4 years; $2,000 most scholarship quantity.
Chamber employees up to date attendees on chamber initiatives to advertise enterprise development and resiliency throughout COVID-19 restoration. Bryan Rush launched upcoming Enterprise Resiliency Coaching Workshops that may start within the fall. The chamber rolled out an initiative for a brand new and improved 2022 print and digital Customer Information bundle. An interactive map and digital information are key options that may show instrumental as we transfer ahead to rebuild post-pandemic. Lunar Cow Publishing introduced attendees with a sneak-peek of what’s to return!